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Ergogenic Aids for Exercise Performance MED5469

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide students with knowledge and information about up to date research regarding strategies to enhance exercise performance.


30 hours of contact time in Semester 2

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

MED5470 (distance learning version of this course)




50% Oral Presentation (15 mins talk and 5 mins questions)

50% Written Report (2000 words)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of recent research investigating ergogenic aids for exercise performance

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate numerous methods which have been suggested to enhance exercise performance

■ Critically discuss the mechanisms which underlie the purported ergogenic action of the above methods

■ Critically evaluate the evidence supporting the efficacy of popular ergogenic aids

■ Identify areas where further study is required to support or refute a suggested ergogenic aid

■ Develop an evidence-based plan to enhance exercise performance

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.